The several relatives named ANDREW and Adam
Rish in the 1st half of the 1800s in SC can be hard to sort out. They seem to all come from the original Newberry brothers Adam and ANDREW Rish, who are both in the 1790 Newberry Census, and who both moved to Lexington County (Saxe Gotha) between 1800 and 1810.
Adam Rish had first, a son John b. circa 1784) and then some daughters, probably by two wives and over the course of about 15 years.
It seems almost certain that Adam I's oldest child/son was John Rish, b. c1784 and married to Anna Barbara Long. John and Anna Barbara had 14 children or so, including a son ANDREW Rish, b. circa 1821, and said to have been married to Sarah Clark. In the 1850 census, this ANDREW may be the on who is age 29 and a lawyer in Lex. Co.
Really, the descendants of the original Adam and ANDREW Rish of Newberry, whose descendants were later of Lexington Co., are hard to sort out! And I definitely don't automatically believe all the earlier published genealogical material on them - just not sure due to the lack of documentation found so far.
I believe Adam Rish I (probably by his 2nd wife Mary Elisabeth Huet) had a son named Adam - 1850 census: "A. M. Rish" (50), wife "Rosey" (40), 8 children. He's listed in 1860 as "Adam Rish Sr." (59), wife Rosanna (48), 7 children including 3 over age 18. Then he's listed in 1870 as Adam Rish (65), Roseanna (50), Nancy (22), Delia (20), Siller (19), R???? (18), and MaryAnn (17).
Adam Rish I also, I think, had a son ANDREW b. circa 1804, who is shown in the 1850 census (age 47) Lex. Co. with wife Rachel 36 and son ANDREW (age 2). ["Sr." at that time just meant "older of two kin."] In 1860, this ANDREW (50) is shown with wife Rachel (40) and daughter Sarah A. (10).
There are tons of "listed age" problems in the Lexington Census during the 1800s.
Here is the best I can glean so far about ANDREW Rish I and his children:
- ANDREW Rish, b. 11/23/1756, d. 7/10/1818, Saxe Gotha, SC. 2nd wife Rosanna Barbara Minnick. Rosanna is listed as head of household in the 1840 census. In the 1850 census, she is listed next to ANDREW Rish (Jr.?), who I believe is their son, born about 1807-1808.
In the 1850 census, Lexington County, SC, you will find Roseanna Rish, age 62, and these with her & (what I think are the relationships in parentheses):
Roseanna Rish 62 (head of house, as above)
William Rish 30 (son of Roseanna & Andrew I)
Martha Ann 19 (wife of William)
Mary M 35 (sister of William)
Elizabeth 33 (sister of William)
NEXT TO Roseanna:
ANDREW Rish 42 (son of Roseanna & Andrew I)
Mary M. " 36 (wife of Andrew)
Kisiah " 16 (daughter)
John A. " 15 (son)
Rosanna " 13 (daughter)
William I " 10 (son)
Mary Ann " 7 (daughter)
Edith " 5 (daughter)
David P " 3 (son)
Frances L " 1 (daughter)
---------next 1860 CENSUS:
Next, in the 1860 census, you will find:
William Rish 44
Martha 25 (his wife)
Jane E. 9 (their daughter)
Laura 6 (thier daughter)
NEXT TO THEM, you will find:
Magdelene Rish 43 ('Mary M', sister of Wm)
Elizabeth 42 (sister of William)
AND NEXT TO THEM, you will find:
ANDREW Rish 53
Polly " 42(often nickname of a Mary M.
Adam " 23
Hope this helps. The spelling and ages in Lexington County SC during this time are a often a bit of a mess, but with careful recording and searching for other documentation, the families can be pieced together and sorted out, I hope. Remember, Lexington is a burned county, so that will make it a bit harder to track the evidence that remains.
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